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Tetsuya Wakuda is no stranger in culinary scene in Australia and abroad.

Arriving in Australia in the early 1980s as a 22yo with little money, no professional skills and very little English, Tetsuya’s pursuit of excellence has guided him through a life changing culinary journey from a humble kitchen hand to becoming a successful world renowned chef today.

I still remember the evening at the masterclass with Tetsuya early this year, we were literally standing inches away from him and watched him cook, it was definitely one of the most memorable experience for me. But what amazes me was that he is such a shy and humble person with no attitude; very cool, calm and collected while cooking almost Zen like; it was an absolute job to taste his passion he put into his food.

When SBS released a documentary about Tetsuya Wakuda last June, titled Tetsuya’s pursuit of excellence, it was quite an eye opener for us to find out more about what’s going on behind the scene at Tetsuya’s restaurant and also his personal life. If you have missed it on SBS, no fret, because the documentary has just been released in DVD format last week and I am very lucky to have 10 copies of the DVD to giveaway to my readers.


Tetsuya’s Pursuit of Excellence focuses on the story of the world-renowned restaurateur Tetsuya Wakuda, who grew up near Lake Hamana, south-west of Tokyo. From the age of 10, Tetsuya dreamed of travel and arrived in Australia in the early 1980s as a 22-year-old with little money, no professional skills and no English. Fate dictated that his first job would be as a kitchen hand in an inner Sydney restaurant.

From that accidental beginning Tetsuya Wakuda has chartered a course that has taken him to the top of fine cuisine around the world. In this documentary we hear from those first friends and mentors in Australia, who helped him through a nervous beginning. We also hear from a host of Tetsuya’s international colleagues including Ferran Adria from the famed El Bulli in Spain, Heston Blumenthal from The Fat Duck in the UK and Richard Geoffroy Chef du Cave at Dom Perignon.

The DVD also includes Tetsuya’s recipes plus extended interviews. If you are a food lover, then this DVD is definitely a must have in your collection. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us which chef inspires you the most. Whether is Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver, René Redzepi or even Tetsuya Wakuda himself, please do share your culinary heroes.

10 x Tetsuya’s Pursuit of Excellence DVD
RRP – $24.95

Note: Entrants are opened to Australian residents only!

Leave a comment and tell us which chef inspires you the most.

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3. The competition closes on Thu 11th Nov 2010 at 11.59pm AEST. The winners will be announced on Fri 12th Nov 2010.

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